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IBM Project Manager Reviews

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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  1. "IBM"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - access to lots of learning modules - ability to move around based on interest/skills

    Cons

    - big company; complex - divisons/business units do not "play" well together - yearly layoffs

    Advice to Management

    - focus on retaining good talent

    IBM2019-08-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Refreshingly Ethical"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on ethics. Large org so it's definitely true that the work you want to do is being done at ibm Strong investment in self-training

    Cons

    Large org, so bureaucracy might impede progress. IBM has to fill holes it needs filled, not necessarily what you want to do. Be patient and you can migrate to do the work you want. Self training is great but working 45 to 60+ hours per week, it can be difficult to self-study. Would be nice to have more ability to attend a class, even though that means time away from customer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to press on hot areas, but don't neglect bread and butter areas that still produce the bulk of revenue.

    IBM2019-07-29
  3. "The transformation is outsourcing and reducing US workforce"

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    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, build reputation and mobility.

    Cons

    It has been on savings mode for a while and does seem to pick up again.

    IBM2019-07-23
  4. "manager projects"

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    Current Employee - Manager - Projects in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very interesting industry to work on

    Cons

    senior management needs improvement for sure

    Advice to Management

    improve

    IBM2019-07-28
  5. "Competitive Salary"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    IBM pays well and provides education

    Cons

    Stability of job and benefits

    IBM2019-07-20
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't miss it a bit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There were always lots of smart, responsive people to work with

    Cons

    Painful to watch regular culling of the herd and disregard for the skills and knowledge of the aging as low cost was the driver for staffing projects. No raises for most of the last 15 years

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people, not widgets

    IBM2019-07-12
  7. "Blue Giant needs innovation"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good work-life balance, great culture, smart people to work with, travel for work is fun

    Cons

    salary is not competitive, reorganization is too often,

    Advice to Management

    The board should consider to hire a new CEO to reshape the company and make it great again. Don't pay the ridiculous high salary to the senior management at the cost of laying off the loyal employees who worked hard and made a great contributions to the company.

    IBM2019-06-19
  8. Helpful (2)

    "High level vision blinds low level planning"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's big and can do what it wants

    Cons

    Over and over and over again I've seen my leadership plan a process change, an org change, a tool change at a 10,000 ft level and say "we'll figure out the rest when we get in there." And over and over and over again they seem mystified as to why they aren't seeing the target results. They have vision but lack the ability to think through the details. Changes are rolled out without a thorough stakeholder analysis,... without adequate warning, and without adequate training. There is also no accountability for decision making. When changes have been rolled out that didn't work well each manager's response was "Well, this issue is above my pay grade". When issues that could impact our team came up the leaders had to be prompted to push back and make sure the change was really necessary. Bonus and raise structure was aweful

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    Advice to Management

    Plan, plan, plan. Do the 10,000 ft then do a 1,000 ft. Get into the weeds. It's easier to fix a process problem when it is just a bunch of lines on white board. In preparation for planning, create a few use cases... scenarios that need to work before and after the change. Make sure proposed changes won't break the business.

    IBM2019-07-19
  9. "Manage your own career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are great and if you manage your own career you have plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Regular yearly layoffs to worry about. Decisions are based purely on $.

    Advice to Management

    There is too big of a knowledge gap of what is really going on between the worker bees and exec mgmt.

    IBM2019-06-28
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very unstable company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a job and a paycheck

    Cons

    *This company has no idea what they want to do or be in this would of technology. Sr. Management wouldn't know innovation if it bit then in the butt. They buy different companies and suck the life out of them, run thier customer base off and then layoff all the employee's. * The insurance is high we less coverage * They don't pay a bonus unless you're in sales * Yearly merit increases or 1 to 2%, even... if you are a top performer... what a joke. * They only paid their percentage of 401k incentives on December 31st. which means if you work for the company all year and get fired or leave before December 31st they won't contribute anything to your 401k for that year.

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    Advice to Management

    get rid of the top-tier managers that have been there for 30+ years and get some new young open minded people in those positions that under innovation technology from this decade.

    IBM2019-06-27
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